After the erection of this Leper House in 1725, it not only lodged people who suffered from leprosy, but also the so-called ‘antisocial’. In that time this term included orphans, the mentally ill, alcoholics, plague victims and elderly people. The premises looked out over a small square where criminals were executed.
Four decades later the institution was closed down and in the course of the centuries the building was converted into barracks, a military hospital and the municipal records office. Currently a commercial company has established its offices here.
Visitors can freely enter the passageway and study the adornments in Louis XIV style. Above the entrance you see the coat of arms of Dordrecht; the blue sign on the right indicates that this is a local monument.
On the photos below you see details of the windows above the entrance. The first one is taken from the inside and looks out over the houses on the square where, fortunately, no longer criminals are executed. There is a barbershop, though, where the hairdresser still cuts your hair with a knife.
By the way, the neighbours were the poor women of the court I showed you earlier: Houses for poor women.
This series is my contribution to this week’s Thursday Doors, a very inspiring webpage if you love doors.